The Lord’s Day, May 9, 2021
Note: Click on the highlighted words to open up links to tunes and other supplemental resources; Click here to download and print the liturgy. Click here to sing-along with guitar. Click here to view/listen to the sermon once it is posted to YouTube. Or click here to listen on sermonaudio. All songs are from the Trinity Psalter Hymnal(TPH); All Scripture is from the English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV). FP=Forms and Prayers books
Call to Worship ~ Psalm 146:5-10
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!
Prayer of Invocation (FP p. 99)
Almighty and everlasting God, You are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and to give more than we desire or deserve. Pour down upon us the abundance of Your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is convicted, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Grant us your grace and peace in Christ by your Holy Spirit. For it is in Jesus’ name that we pray, Amen.
Song of Praise ~ Psalm 146 “Praise the LORD! My Soul, O Praise Him!” (guitar accompaniment)
The Apostles’ Creed (TPH, p. 851; FP, p. 148)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Song of Preparation ~ Psalm 110B “The LORD Has Spoken to My Lord” (guitar accompaniment)
Prayer of Illumination (FP p. 105)
Almighty and everlasting God, our heavenly Father, we acknowledge that we are sinners, conceived and born in sin, unable of ourselves to do any good. But we do repent of our sins, and seek Your grace to help us in our remaining weaknesses. Through the teaching of Your Word, which we confess with the church throughout the ages, satisfy our hunger and quench our thirst with Your refreshing truth, that we, with all our hearts, may love and serve You, with our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the one and only true God, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.
Scripture Reading ~ Ephesians 1:15-23; Hebrews 9:24-28 (pp. 976; 1006)
Confessional Reading ~ Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 19 (TPH p. 880; FP p. 220)
Sermon ~ “Christ’s Reign and Return”
- Our Comfort in the Present Reign of Christ
- Our Confidence in the Future Return of Christ
Prayer of Application & Congregational Prayer
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Song of Application ~ #380 “Crown Him with Many Crowns” (guitar accompaniment)
Prayer for God’s Blessing (based on 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, 28)
Our Loving Father, the God of peace, sanctify us completely, and may our whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are faithful; we trust that You will surely do it. And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen.
Song of Praise ~ #390 “Christ Is Coming!” (guitar accompaniment)